Book review of "Higher Education in the Digital Age"

Anne C. Charles
2020 Canadian Journal of Higher Education  
Age is an edited collection of papers that describe examples of digital innovation in higher education. As it is geared to a wide professional audience of faculty, academic managers, policymakers, academic administrators, and project leaders, readers will find that the volume is concise, and that the contributing papers are readable and informative. The editors claim that information and communications technologies (ICTs) have disrupted traditional practices, requiring re-examination and
more » ... mination and dialogue about ways and means to achieve mission objectives. Stressing that positive opportunities exist for institutions that openly seek to adapt and innovate through incorporating technology into practice, the editors opine that there are three potential scenarios for the future: open collaboration, marginalization of traditional actors, or coexistent domains. Overall, this book provides an excellent introduction to ICTs in practice in higher education. Readers will find that open collaboration facilitated by ICTs is a key emphasis. The book showcases innovation, shares best practices, and provides examples of contemporary challenges and how they have been overcome. Exemplars include Marr's description of how the UK's Open University (OU) used learning analytics to improve student success and in so doing transformed pedagogical practice. Bryant illustrates how the London School of Economics (LSE) adopted a "Middle Out" (p. 49) model for technologically enhanced teaching and learning. The author claims that this model, designed
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